The anti-gay forces of the professional “Christian” set have been quiet for a while, focused on celebrating the nomination of Dominionist Sarah Palin to the GOP ticket as veep. But as you know, they cannot keep away from their homocentrism for long; it’s like a security blanket. Mat Staver and Liberty Counsel are back at the disinformation campaign over the federal hate crimes bill, screeching about  how they will be persecuted. (WND):

A federal “hate crimes” plan to criminalize speech or thoughts critical of homosexuality – dropped from Congress’ agenda earlier because of a veto threat from President Bush – may be resurrected before the election, according to an opponent of such advocacy laws.

“Here’s ultimately what we expect,” Mathew Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of the Liberty University School of Law, told WND today. “The hate crimes plan is to be offered as an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2009 Department of Defense reauthorization bill. That’s what the word is, that it’s going to be offered as an amendment.”

Pro-homosexual advocates long have sought such a law but opponents fear it would be used to crack down on those who maintain a biblical perspective that condemns homosexuality as sin. Observers note that it would criminalize speech and thought, since other criminal actions already are addressed with current statutes.

…Former White House insider Chuck Colson, in his Breakpoint commentary, at one point decried what he described as a “Thought Crimes” plan. “This bill is not about hate. It’s not even about crime. It’s about outlawing peaceful speech – speech that asserts that homosexual behavior is morally wrong,” he said.

First of all, citing Watergate criminal-turned fundie Colson is laughable if we’re going to talk about morality, but whatever.

Last year the ACLU, always concerned about free speech rights, analyzed the bill and supports it because it protects First Amendment rights of free speech and free association.

More below the fold.But why let facts get in the way when you can put out drivel like this BS from Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition, referring to it as the “Homosexual/Drag Queen Hate Crimes Bill” with hysterical references to silencing “Christians.”

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding